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Congratulations to Mat Britton who recently completed his 250km run from Moranbah to Mackay in QLD. Octief sponsors Mat who completes this run each year to raise funds for the Bernie Banton Foundation in memory of his father Tony Britton who passed away from mesothelioma on 23 March 2014.
Tony Britton – The Man, The Inspiration…
An inspiring coach, astute business person, generous friend and loving husband, father and grandfather are some of the ways the community has described Tony Britton. He dedicated more than 40 years to youth development and community interaction, which saw him named 2014 Citizen of the Year. In March 2014 Tony lost his battle with Mesothelioma, a rare and currently incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Tony’s son Mat has since founded ‘Trail To Triumph: Tony’s Journey’. Trail To Triumph (TTT) is an annual event which tackles the arduous, running 250km to commemorate the life of his dad and raise funds and awareness of Mesothelioma.
Moranbah to Mackay, Via Eungella.
Trail To Triumph will start in Moranbah before sun up and the runners will head towards Eungella and up the range, aiming to get at least 100km in the first day. Day 2 will be hot and painful, running on red dirt roads under a baking hot sun. Again we will aim to complete at least 100km allowing us to finish Day 3 with a shorter 50km session.
Why Moranbah & Mackay?
As Tony worked and participated in the Moranbah community for many years, he would frequently travel between Moranbah and Mackay for Soccer and his family would always follow. In particular his sons Mat and Dan who built their passion for Football from Tony’s dedication and excitement of the sport. Therefore it is fitting and also an arduous journey, which has become very fitting for the Trail to Triumph event.
Tony Britton Memorial Cup
The run will finish at Mackay Crusaders club in Mackay, where they will play the Moranbah Hawks for the ‘Tony Britton Memorial Trophy’. Tony played a big part in both clubs over the years so it will be a very special occasion to see the teams square off against each other to play for the formidable title of Tony Britton Memorial Cup champions.
Mat Britton and Richard Apps on the 2016 Trail to Triumph